Posted: September 17th, 2021

Gerrit Jan “John” Vanden Brink

1929 – 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Gerrit Jan (John) Vanden Brink, at the age of 92, in Picture Butte on September 15, 2021.

He leaves behind his devoted loving wife, Ann, his nine children; Della, Stephan (Anne), Roy (Woutera), Gerda (Pete) Bos, John (Nancy), David (Carolin), Annette (Henk) Maayen, Leona, Louise (Brent) Aleman; twenty-eight grandchildren and forty-nine great-grandchildren.

He was born on April 1, 1929, in Harskamp, the Netherlands to Steven and Dirkje Vanden Brink. He immigrated to Canada with his cousin Joe in June of 1949, at the age of nineteen. On May 9, 1957, he married Anna Grisnich and they were privileged to be married for 64 years. He was a car salesman and then farmed for many years in the Monarch area. They lived on the farm from 1961-1994, and retired at Riverbrink Estates, before moving to Bethesda Care Home.

He is survived by his stepbrother Willem (Alie); sisters-in-law Co Vanden Brink, Marrie Van Zweden, Grada Leeuwenburgh, Alice Grisnich, Ank Grisnich, Tine Grisnich, and Gerie Grisnich.

He was predeceased by his parents; stepmother Elberta; brother Teus; stepfamily Wouter, Otto & Woutje, and Otto in infancy; in-laws Wim Grisnich, Kees & Alie Barendregt, Henk & Grie Vander Veen, Joe Van Zweden, Gerrit & Cobie Grisnich, Wim & Jo Vossebelt, Ray Grisnich, John Grisnich, Theo Leeuwenburgh, Gijs Grisnich, Cor Grisnich, and infant Gerrit Grisnich.

We wish to thank all his doctors, and especially all the caregivers at Bethesda Care Home for their compassionate and loving care.

An opportunity for condolences will be held Friday, September 17, 2021 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm for family and close friends at the LETHBRIDGE NETHERLANDS REFORMED CHURCH, 90022 Range Rd 211, Lethbridge, Alberta.

The Funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 9:00am at the LETHBRIDGE NETHERLANDS REFORMED CHURCH, 90022 Range Rd 211, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Rev. E.C. Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the Archmount Cemetery.

Please be advised that COVID-19 protocols will be in place and will be followed.

Flowers gratefully declined. Those who wish may donate to the Bethesda Care Home, Box 1096, Picture Butte, T0K 1V0.

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